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Bishop Scott Mayer’s Message to the Diocese

Bishop Scott Mayer has issued this message to the diocese in the wake of the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States not to hear our appeal of the decision of Texas Supreme Court that awards more than $100 million in Episcopal Church property to a group that broke away from The  Episcopal Church. Watch the video on YouTube or below. Read the text of the bishop’s message The news that the Supreme Court of the United States…

US Supreme Court declines to hear case

On February 22, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear our cases, which means the decision of the Texas Supreme Court stands. (20-534) ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH V. DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. (20-536) THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ET AL. V. DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, ET AL. Bishop Scott Mayer said, “I know this is a disappointment to us all, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in hope.” “Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry of…

Ash Wednesday and Lent 2021

UPDATED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021– In person imposition of ashes in the locations listed below have been canceled, with the exception of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, which will proceed as scheduled. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (not counting Sundays) before culminating in Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday is on February 17 this year. Easter Sunday is April 4. On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians, along with many other Christians in different traditions, wear a smudgy cross…

Time to apply for Mission and Outreach Grants

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist those who are underserved in our communities, that will be strengthened by the endorsement of the diocese, that create a loving connection with community, and that involve personal participation by our congregations. Grants should be considered seed money, not yearly funding. Who is eligible to apply? Individual members of the diocese A group of members of the diocese A group of…

The Rev. Kevin Johnson on slate for bishop of South Carolina

The Rev. Kevin Johnson, rector of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, is on the slate of candidates for the 15th bishop of South Carolina. The slate was announced Saturday, January 29. According to the South Carolina website, “Walkabouts and Candidate Conversations will be held in the Second Week of Easter occurring Monday, April 12 through Wednesday, April 14.” Much like the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Diocese of South Carolina has been through a schism and rebuilding process. “The Standing Committee…

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s word to the Church: “Who shall we be?”

[January 8, 2021] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following Word to the Church. Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s message here (https://episcopalchurch.org/) or below. A transcript of the statement is below the video: And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. In another time of national crisis, another time of danger for our nation, in 1865 on March the fourth, Abraham Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address…

The Rev. Vernon Gotcher, Ph.D, died December 6, 2020

The Rev. Vernon Alfred Gotcher, Ph.D, died December 6, 2020. He was born July 21, 1932. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Alfred Gotcher, his mother Irma Gotcher, and his son, Stephen Gotcher. UPDATE I/14/2021 Deanna Gotcher died January 14, 2021. Information about a memorial service will be announced at a later date. He also is survived by his children John Gotcher, Nancy Gotcher, Mary Gotcher (life partner Faye Hudson), and Stephanie Matthews as well as grandchildren Laura…

A CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR NATION FROM PRESIDING BISHOP CURRY

[January 6, 2021] On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation. Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s statement here (https://episcopalchurch.org/). Read Bishop Mayer’s statement calling the diocese to prayer. A transcript of the statement follows: Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our…

Bishop Mayer calls the diocese to prayer

Bishop Scott Mayer calls the diocese into prayer in the wake of events in Washington, DC.  Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s call to prayer. ******* Today, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we are reminded that God is with us. It is a timely reminder in the midst of the disturbing news reports from Washington. As the legally mandated processes for a peaceful transfer of power were playing out, they were abruptly interrupted as the U. S. Capitol was put on…

Diocesan worship services 2021

This page contains information about online worship services, the link for downloading worship leaflets, and links to sermons preached at the diocesan online services for 2021. As we continue to worship online, it is vital to remember that the Church is not closed. Some of our buildings are closed to the public, and in-person worship has been suspended in our congregations as we work to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable among us. But God is with us.…

Online worship leaflets 2021

Download worship leaflets here: Click here for the First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021. Click here for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Wednesday Lenten worship leaflets Click here for Wednesday #1, February 24, 2021. Click here for Wednesday #2, March 3, 2021. Click here for Wednesday #3, March 10, 2021. Click here for Wednesday #4, March 17, 2021. Click here for Wednesday #5, March 24, 2021. Click here for Wednesday #6, March 31, 2021. Click here for the Last…

Blue Christmas service December 17

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is offering a Blue Christmas worship service at 7 pm, December 17, 2020, on the  Diocese of Fort Worth YouTube Channel and at https://www.facebook.com/DioFW . In normal times, Christmas can be a hard season for people who have experienced loss or whose lives don’t match the cultural images of the season. This year the coronavirus pandemic has caused losses not only through the death of loved ones, but also with the loss of jobs, the loss…

Ted Clarkson to be ordained transitional deacon December 18

By the grace of God and with the consent of the people, on behalf of the Rt. Rev.J. Scott Mayer, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander will ordain Ted Hamby Clarkson, Jr., to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 3 pm Friday, December 18, 2020, in All Saints’ Chapel, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.  Clarkson’s father, the Rev. Ted Clarkson, will be the preacher. The ordination will be live streamed via Vimeo. Following the live stream, the ordination…

Paula Jefferson to be ordained priest December 15, 2020

By the grace of God and with the consent of the people, The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, will ordain Paula Kaye Jefferson to the sacred order of priests In Christ’s one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 5 o’clock in the evening. The service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, will be streamed live and will continue to be available on The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth’s YouTube and Facebook pages. People also…

Tis the season . . .for scams. Be alert!

This is the season for scams. Please be vigilant for scammers who pretend to be the bishop, a member of his staff, or another clergy person in order to trick you into buying gift cards/money orders, or sending money in the belief that  you are helping someone. It works like this: You open your email and there’s a note from the bishop addressing you by name, and then saying: Hi, how are you doing? I need a favor from you,…